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An estimated 8,000 homes and businesses in southwest Kansas are still without power following a weekend ice storm.

The outages are concentrated in a 9-county area around Dodge City. Outside contractors have been called in—both to help with power lines, and to trim broken trees that are interfering with the work.

Jerri Imgarten, of Victory Electric Cooperative, says as the ice melts and drops off of the power lines, those lines bounce and short circuit.

The Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees wants to be clear that it supports a proposed merger with Fort Hays State University.

The trustees unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday declaring its support for the plan.

The trustees wanted to end any talk of the Dodge City school operating as a separate institution, with Fort Hays having a presence on campus.

Dodge City Community College could become part of Fort Hays State University, under a new proposal.

The community college's Board of Trustees has been discussing the proposal, which would create the first public four-year degree-granting college in southwest Kansas.

It includes developing an Institute of Applied Technology at what could be known as Fort Hays State University at Dodge City.

The board of trustees is expected to vote Tuesday to pursue the proposal.